Reemployment (Unemployment Compensation)
Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients who need legal advice and representation regarding unemployment issues. However, we are not able to take every case and we encourage you to read the information provided below.
Reemployment Assistance (formerly referred to as unemployment compensation) benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own who meet Florida’s eligibility requirements. This program is administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Florida during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by Florida’s guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits. Finally, you must successfully complete an “Initial Skills Review” and Work Register in order to receive benefits.
Due to changes in the law, applicants must apply online. Applications can be submitted by visiting www.floridajobs.org. You will find the information for filing claims under the category for “Job Seekers and Community Services.”
If Your Claim is Denied
If your claim is denied for any reason, you will only have twenty (20) days from the date of the decision to file an appeal. You can file an appeal online or you can file by submitting a written appeal in accordance with the instructions on the Notice of Determination. It is important that you continue to claim your weeks while your appeal is pending. Failure to claim your weeks could result in a forfeiture of benefits even if you eventually win your appeal.
Generally a person who is fired is still entitled to reemployment assistance benefits unless he or she was terminated due to misconduct. This typically does not include poor job performance or a one-time incident of poor judgment. A person who quits a job is entitled to reemployment assistance if she can prove that she quit the job for good cause attributable to the employer. Good cause attributable to the employer includes situations where the employer has substantially changed the terms of employment such as, type of work, rate of pay, or number of hours. There are exceptions if a claimant quits due to bona fide health issues.